"The interest in inquiry-based learning seems to ebb and flow based on–well, it’s not clear why it ever ebbs.
In short, it is a student-centered, Constructivist approach to learning that requires critical thinking, and benefits from technology, collaboration, resourcefulness, and other modern learning skills that never seem to fall out of favor themselves.
Regardless, St Oliver Plunkett Primary School has put together two very useful images that can help you populate your iPad–or classroom of iPads–with apps that support both inquiry-based learning (the second image below), and a more general approach to pedagogy based on Apple’s uber-popular tablet (the top image)."
This is a great tool for designing web based lessons that draw on a number of different sources. You can sequence materials, add tasks and worksheets, videos from YouTube and documents from your dropbox. This is a really useful tool for creating engaging web based lessons.
Mind mapping is a method that works for quite a lot of people. Brain storming, idea mapping, thought generation, think tanks – call it what you will. Traditionally done on large pieces of paper, why not use your iPad to create mind maps? You could use these for your own purposes, or “convert” those large flip charts into a smaller, digital version.
by glennw on May 2, 2013. ipad apps. I spent yesterday with a whole bunch of excellent K-12 social studies teachers – discussing how we can integrate iPads into instruction. I shared some ideas. They shared some ideas.
"Making use of free iPad apps in the classroom can enable you to diversify your teaching, while providing the opportunity to inspire and get students more engaged in lessons. There are many different educational apps available, which range from apps like Evernote that allow you to organize your teaching materials, through to interactive whiteboards from Educreations, and Screen Chomp, a screen recording app that can be very useful for teaching lessons on the go. What, then, are some of the best iPads that can be used in the classroom, whether you have multiple tablets, or just one as a teaching tool for different groups?"
"The reason for curating educational apps here is to help those busy teachers and educators have a quick access to the best of what iTunes app market can offer them. And from the feedback I have been receiving from you so far, I see that you find these selections very helpful. Again, I reiterate that I DO NOT do paid reviews of apps. The apps I feature here are selected because of their educational potential ."
"I’m assuming you’ve seen at least one of the eight Harry Potter films. In the films, one everyday magical experience is that photos are always moving as if they were video screens, even though they are ‘printed’ on paper. Newspaper photos act out the news event as film too, whilst you walk down the road reading. It seems so magical and yet, like so many things these days , there’s an app for that!
"The Aurasma App (free) allows you to create what’s known as Augmented Reality (Real life with extra info added)
"Here’s a great intro into the world of Augmented Reality."
With recent upgrades to the Google Drive app on the iPad, it is now a viable solution for student portfolios that can be created in their entirety on iPad. Everything that is created by a student can be uploaded directly to their Google Drive account and into a “Portfolio” folder that can then be shared with any one of their teachers.
I've been using Skitch for years on my Mac and it is one of the most user friendly and useful screen / image grab applications. It's now available for Windows users too, so you might want to chek it out. It also integrates with Evernote, so that's another good reason to use it.
Mobile technology has made everything easier and more enjoyable to do. Those who love writing, for instance, can now find new ways to write anywhere they are and share what they have written with all...
Developing a strong vocabulary is an important area of focus for ELLs who are building their reading comprehension. Educators use a variety of strategies to grow readers in their classroom, and there are many free iPad apps that support vocabulary acquisition.
"Another question I am often asked is: What are the top apps to buy for [math, reading, writing, science, social science, etc...]? My response is always, no matter the content in question: Creation Apps."
"Working at Pilgrims Teacher Training, we have developed our framework for ICT courses with Kristina Smith. Last year, I started teaching with an iPad, so I adapted the framework for teaching with iPad apps."